Tenacious Tyler Turnout

Line 6 and James Tyler have finally released the James Tyler Variax line of new modelling guitars (a.k.a. the Variax II)

There are very few times in my life that I’ve really been in awe of technology. Sure I’ve thought things were really great ideas, or very practicle, and on occasion just so cool that I’ve got to have it etc…. But often when things fall in to those categories, it’s just because the technology would fit into my lifestyle and benefit me in some way. Take the iPhone for example: I shunned it for a while, but when I actually got the chance to use one for a period of time, I soon realised that I needed to have one, and I can hardly put the thing down now.

So skip back 11 years… I was a simple teenager with only girls and guitar on my mind, and desperately wanted to own things like a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier, a Marshall JCM900, and a Steve Vai Ibanez JEM. I could barely justify owning the guitar gear now that I’m earning more money, but back then it was a distant dream. Then along came the Line 6 POD, and the rest is history!

Now The new version of the Variax is released, I’m sure the music world will be suitable rocked again, with a modelling guitar that really does sound the same as the guitars it’s modelling. With the standard line of guitars and then the US custom made versions, there’s certainly choice for most people, albeit those on the tightest budgets, and unforetunately those who are left handed (although I am sure once the main release is over with, lefties will get their turn).

Here are some features of the Les Paul lookalike JTV:

Line 6 JTV-59 James Tyler Designed Variax main features:

James Tyler spec radius choice, finish, shape, reach of high frets, neck joint stability and more
Custom bridge designed by James Tyler
Custom piezo pickups designed by LR Baggs for Variax modeled output
Magnetic pickups custom-wound to Tyler specifications for traditional guitar output
Graphite nut by Graph Tech for stabilized tuning
Astonishing advancements in tone, pitch tracking and response
Instant visual feedback from backlit model selector
25 guitar models – a complete collection of classic acoustic and electric instruments
Dedicated tuning selector provides immediate access to eleven tunings…on the same guitar, during the same set, session or song
Virtual capo feature lets you set and save alternate, drop and capo tunings with a simple touch of the fingerboard
Virtual guitar workbench software to create your dream guitar through unlimited customization of Bodies, Pickups, Controls, Tunings
Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery system lets you play for 12 hours
Body Mahogany with Maple Top
Neck Set neck mahogany with rosewood fingerboard
24 9/16″ Scale Length
12″ radius
22 frets
1 11/16″ GraphTech nut
Custom Tyler designed bridge
Custom Tuners
Custom Dual Humbucker pickups wound to Tyler’s specs
Handcrafted in Korea

25 guitar models based on*

1960 Fender Telecaster Custom
1968 Fender Telecaster
1968 Fender Telecaster Thinline
1959 Fender Stratocaster
1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard
1952 Gibson Les Paul “Goldtop”
1961 Gibson Les Paul Custom (3 PU)
1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior
1976 Gibson Firebird V
1955 Gibson Les Paul Special
1959 Gretsch 6120
1956 Gretsch Silver Jet
1968 Rickenbacker 360
1966 Rickenbacker 360-12
1961 Gibson ES-335
1967 Epiphone Casino
1957 Gibson ES-175
1953 Gibson Super 400
1959 Martin D-28
1970 Martin D 12-28
1967 Martin O-18
1966 Guild F212
1995 Gibson J-200
1935 Dobro Alumilite
Danelectro 3021
Coral/Dano Electric Sitar
Gibson Mastertone Banjo
1928 National Style 2 “Tricone”